Tip 1: Fish need water to breathe so minimize the time that the fish is in the air. If possible, dehook the fish in the water alongside your boat. This makes for a better picture.
Tip 2: Use wet hands when handling the fish. Rags and gloves remove the protective slime coat from the fish’s body.
Tip 3: Hold the fish horizontally without touching the gills. These delicate organs can easily become damaged and potentially kill the fish.
Tip 4: Refrain from lipping larger fish while they are unsupported. This damages the feeding mechanism of their mouths and the fish may no longer be able to feed.
Tip 5: Select gear that will allow you to land your target species quickly. Every second counts.
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